I recently wrote an article on Dying Careers, and many of you were outraged that the careers I mentioned were not will disappear. My goal was to explain that to be part of the new world of work, you have to be part of the new world of work. The advent of the smart computer is here to stay and will supplant many of your careers.
Hiding your head in the sand won’t help you keep your job. To wake up. Google, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft spend billions on AI products and services. MIT alone is spending $ 1 billion on a new computer-only college with an AI focus, not to mention the billions the U.S. government is investing in AI research and development.
Deniers of the Future of AI – I challenge you to tell me about a major modern industry that has not been affected by AI. That was my point. If you don’t adapt to this new world and the skills it demands, you will be left behind.
You can hang on to your vinyl records, video tapes, princess phone and typewriter, but if you ignore technological developments with your own career, you may find yourself out of work like the salesperson at Blockbuster who was waiting for Netflix to fail.
The jobs that will disappear seem to share characteristics: they make products or provide services that involve repetitive skills, are simple to automate, and are likely to fluctuate with demand (such as creating on-demand books or other products for which retailers do not want to take inventory).
Like it or not, AI (artificial intelligence) is here to stay and is making quantum leaps (no pun intended) every day. AI is essentially intelligence demonstrated by machines, as opposed to natural intelligence demonstrated by humans. Applications include web search (Google); recommendation systems (YouTube, Amazon and Netflix); understand human speech (Siri and Alexa); autonomous cars (Tesla and Pony.ai); and even to participate in strategic games (games of chess or racing cars). AI machines can even learn from each other, and they can see and sense things much better than a human.
Let’s look at some careers that may be at risk. Let’s take a closer look at what AI can and can’t do, and how you can prepare for the inevitable:
The AI can search for data and enter past and current diagnostic tests like blood pressure, heart rate, BMI – height / weight, CT scans, ECGs, blood tests, etc. But now suppose an AI-enabled device can tap into genetic history? Suppose a digital instrument can evaluate and order all the necessary tests? And then instantly search the world for data on all the other people with the same symptoms? Suppose then that he can tell which protocols were used for the treatment and their results?
Diseases could be diagnosed faster and treatments found, drugs or other treatments could be recommended, virtual nurses could monitor patients, and all of this could be done through the collection and dissemination of big data. Like it or not, this is the future of medicine. AI will be able to collect and analyze patient data collected from multiple sources. These data collectors will also be able to mix data from fitness trackers, home monitors, and all administered tests. No doctor can do that. And some of the needs of some doctors may even disappear. For example, it is conceivable that much of the work done by radiologists, pathologists and cardiologists will soon be replaced by machines.
What AI can’t do, so far, is read the patient’s psychological state and see beyond the tests. There are also medical situations in neurology, for example, that require high-level patient-physician interaction and critical thinking. I’m not sure I would be comfortable with just the contribution of a robot to interpret a challenge in my life. Will doctors still be needed? I think so. But not in all cases. On the bright side, AI will make healthcare more accessible to the masses.
If you are in health care, what can you do? Familiarize yourself with computers. This means you need to stay ahead of trends, including AI diagnostic tools, shared research, big data, and telehealth. Medical schools have recognized this trend and they are also focusing some of their programs on technology. In fact, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is now offering a new doctorate. concentration in AI and emerging technologies in medicine.
It is believed that autonomous vehicles could be commercially available and legal in some places by the end of the 2020s. The upfront costs will likely be high. Like most innovations, the initial products are expensive, but as the costs of acceptance and manufacturing go down, the price goes down as well. Remember the first electronic calculator, the Bowmar Brain? It originally sold for $ 245 in 1971 (which equates to almost $ 1,700 today), when it was a revolutionary new product. In a decade, similar calculators have sold for $ 10.
If you are a driver, what can you do? Jobs are also created with automation. You can learn the skills to build and maintain automation tools.
The United States has lost over 60 million jobs to robots, and AI is expected to take millions more. The World Economic Forum (WEF) has indicated that there is potential for AI to replace much of existing human jobs. Depressed? Read on: Data shows up to 73 million jobs could be lost in the United States due to the automation going forward.
If you are a factory worker, what can you do? Improve skills. Again, learn the skills to build and maintain these robots. Engineering is a great field with a lot of demand. Rather than complaining, consider retraining. Many companies will pay for workers to retrain in new skills. Software company Element AI estimated that in 2019 there were around 144,000 AI-related vacancies, but only around 26,000 developers and specialists looking for jobs. There is a company called Retrain.ai that “… uses AI and machine learning to help governments and organizations retrain and develop talent for the jobs of the future, enable diversity initiatives and help employees and job seekers to manage their careers ”.
If the municipal library does not catch up, evolve and lead the way in the new digital age, it will be left behind. The Dewey decimal system is a relic, as is this wonderful librarian with leather elbow patches on his cardigan. Google has eaten away at their kingdom shrouded in ink and paper.
If you are a library professional, what can you do? The role of the library must be reinvented. If you’re someone who studies librarianship and the programs haven’t been redesigned… run. Libraries are largely funded by the state, so they should be seen as a “public service” provider. What does it mean? They can fix some of the things that are broken in the community. Currently, neither large-scale digital access nor community gathering places for education are available to everyone. Libraries must be the new community center of inclusion and technology offering the best of the new digital world of research, family entertainment and access to innovation. Am I saying they need to transform into remedial institutions? Yes.
The disorderly. So I think if you get your hands dirty in your job (literally or figuratively) your job security is safe – for now. Some messy jobs:
AI is used in many trades, in fact robots can even lay bricks. Architectural plans are created by AI. But messy and practical plumbing and electrical work will still have to be done by humans, for now. I haven’t come across a bot that is willing to ram their metal arm into my clogged toilet, but I can always count on my friendly plumber to do it.
Speaking of mess. The AI can diagnose the cars problem through its computer system and may even recommend a solution. But for now, a human has to roll up their sleeves, crawl under this car, and fix that chassis or even a puncture.
I don’t imagine AI playing this role. Machines can dig graves, but they cannot comfort families.
It sounds really weird to tell a robot about your dysfunctional family life. Or worse yet, listen to their advice.
No robot can dye or cut hair or make your hairdresser talk. For now, it’s scary to think of chatting with a machine (unless it can clean the dirt).
Case research and preparation is now increasingly done by AI, which will reduce the number of lawyers needed. That being said, it’s hard to imagine a robot arguing for you in court. However, you might want to stay away from the administrative part of this area as you will be competing with the digital world.
Remember the saying, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” “